James Shreeve's The Greatest Journey

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In “The Greatest Journey” by James Shreeve, he talks about how we all share the same ancestors and we all come from Africa. He says that it all started in Africa about 200,000 years ago. These people who lived in Africa years ago started to leave the area and expand to Eurasia and Australia. As they were migrating to other places, they were able to adjust to the new environment. This is when everybody started to change because of weather, food, and other factors of environment that affected these people. But even though they separated and reproduced themselves, they were still connected by the same ancestor. As Shreeve states; “Generations later, finding that same mutation, or marker, in two people’s DNA indicates that they share the same ancestor”…show more content…
“We don't really care about diversity all that much in America, even though we talk about it a great deal” (Brooks 331). Brooks says that we humans think about diversity more as a racial difference which is true, but it is not all about race, religion or ethnicity. Diversity is about any other things such as hobbies, professions, age. Anything that could make one group different from the other. “When we use the word "diversity" today we usually mean racial integration. But even here our good intentions seem to have run into the brick wall of human nature” (Brooks 332). At the end of the day, since we humans don’t really care about diversity, we end up hanging around people who think like us, or like the same things we like. People live near other people from their same religion or even home country. A good example would be Flushing, NY where many people from China live. Brooks stated “Once they find a town in which people share their values, they flock there, and reinforce whatever was distinctive about the town in the first place” (332). I personally think that even though people swear they love diversity of race and culture their actions show the opposite. I think as long as people respect each other’s decisions, culture and preferences everyone will get along with each other within neighborhoods, work departments,
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